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#1429: Group FaceTime delayed, System Preferences window secrets, iOS Safari tip, Sinemia and other alternatives to MoviePass

In breaking news, Apple has delayed the promised Group FaceTime feature in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave until “later this fall.” If you’ve ever needed to load the desktop version of a mobile Web site on your iPhone or disable your content blocker to get a page to work properly, Adam Engst’s TipBITS article will help. Sharon Zardetto takes a deep dive into the System Preferences window, sharing tips for arranging the preference panes alphabetically, opening them more quickly, and even hiding unused panes. Finally, Jeff Porten explores the movie subscription service Sinemia and other alternatives to the troubled MoviePass. Notable Mac app releases this week include Panorama X 10.1, Fission 2.4.3, and Farrago 1.2.1.

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Panorama X 10.1 No comments

Panorama X 10.1

Significant release for the RAM-based relational database for macOS includes a long list of changes. ($100 new, free update, 45.3 MB)

Fission 2.4.3 4 comments

Fission 2.4.3

Corrects a bug that caused a hang when adding files together. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)

Farrago 1.2.1 No comments

Farrago 1.2.1

Makes a couple of improvements to the soundboard application's MIDI support. ($39 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

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Are We Talking about Privacy or Liberty? 8 comments

Are We Talking about Privacy or Liberty?

It seems that both tech giants and government agencies want to know everything about us. But is “privacy” what we’re really looking for, or something more along the lines of the right to be left alone?

Pentagon Puts Limits on GPS Usage No comments

Pentagon Puts Limits on GPS Usage

After discovering that the Strava fitness app was inadvertently revealing hidden military sites, the US military has authorized limits on apps and devices that use GPS location tracking.